LSU flips Derrick Dillon from Florida

LSU flipped one of the best remaining in-state prospects when Pine wide receiver Derrick Dillon announced Wednesday that he'd sign with the Tigers instead of Florida

LSU managed to keep one of the state’s best remaining athletes close to home.

Four-star wide receiver Derrick Dillon officially announced Wednesday that he’d flipped from Florida to LSU. He made it official and signed with the Tigers during a ceremony at Pine High School.

The Tigers didn’t offer Dillon until after his senior season. LSU originally projected him as a corner, but Dillon had no interest in playing defense. So he committed to Florida early in the process, but he started to waver after the Tigers’ made official their interest.

Combined with the coaching change at Florida, LSU really started to overtake the Gators in December. He took his official visit the weekend of Jan. 16, and that’s where the LSU coaches really laid out their plan for him.

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Cam Cameron did a great job to build a strong relationship with Dillon and show him just how big a priority he was. That all resonated well with him, and the prospects of staying home made LSU the right call.

Dillon’s another piece to another solid class of wide receivers for LSU. He joins tall, outside-receiver Jazz Ferguson and all-around threat Tyron Johnson in the class. Lanard Fournette also projects as a wide receiver for LSU.

Dillon will play as an inside receiver, and he should excel in the short to intermediate passing game. But LSU also hopes to turn him into a vertical threat.

He rates as a four-star prospect, the No. 34 receiver in the country and the 10th best player in the state. He competed in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl last month.

Dillon became the second recruit to join LSU’s class on National Signing Day.


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